Whether it was a twisted prank or the work of someone with a grudge, it’s an unusual crime.
Sometime on Sept. 11 or 12, a person or persons siphoned off the gas in a tractor in the Willingdon area, and then filled it with canola seed.
Other parts of the John Deere 9320 were also filled with the oilseed.
RCMP are appealing for the public’s help.
“If anyone has seen any suspicious activities around that time in that area, we’d like to hear from them,” said Sgt. Curtis Kuzma of the Two Hills Detachment.
The tractor was parked in a field near Township Road 552 on Range Road 160, south of Willingdon and Andrew.
There are indications the incident was not random mischief, and RCMP have suspects they are investigating, said Kuzma.
The case is so rare, it’s not known if the tractor will be salvageable, he said. The investigating officer is still trying to get an estimate of the damage.
Anyone with information about the incident can phone the Two Hills RCMP Detachment at 780-657-2820 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.